These Are The 10 Laziest Places In South Dakota

by Chris Kolmar
Rankings - 4 years ago

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Everyone hates the lazy person in the office. The guy or gal who manages to offload all of their work to you, but somehow still takes the credit for it.

And if you live in one of these South Dakota towns, you might look in the mirror and see that lazy person staring right back at you.

We’re not trying to be mean; it’s just that the lazy ethos can penetrate from the location into the workplace and no one wants to work with lazy people.

So we got to work late on a Friday night to figure out the places around South Dakota that spend the day on Reddit and get by with the bare minimum. Using data from the latest American Community Survey, we identified criteria associated with laziness for each city.

After crunching all the numbers, here are the ten “Laziest Places in South Dakota” based on data:

  1. Huron
  2. Yankton
  3. Mitchell
  4. Sturgis
  5. Aberdeen
  6. Watertown
  7. Madison
  8. Rapid City
  9. Vermillion
  10. Belle Fourche

Read on to see where the couch potatoes call home or skip to the end to find where your town ranked.

Oh, and by the way, Brandon is the hardest-working place in SD.

How We Determined The Laziest Places In The Mount Rushmore State

Like all problems here at Zippia, we start with the data to answer the hard questions. Some might even consider us the hardest working data-crunchers this side of the Mississippi.

In this particular case, we went to the latest version of the American Community Survey looking for answers. As luck would have it, the Census Bureau just released the 2010-2014 5-Yr Estimate which would make this analysis the first of it’s kind with the new data.

After scrolling through what seemed like hundreds of criteria, we settled on this set for the laziest places in South Dakota:

  • Lowest average hours worked
  • Shortest commute time
  • Fewest workers per household (Labor force divided by the number households)
  • Highest unemployment rate
  • Fewest adults with a college degree

Our thinking went something along the lines of if you can’t bother to go college, don’t spend any time at work, and have only one person per household bringing home the bacon, your town is probably pretty lazy.

After we got the data for the 16 places in South Dakota over 5,000 people, we ranked each place from 1 to 16 for each of the criteria with 1 being the “laziest”.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each to create a lazy index.

Finally, we crowned the place with the lowest lazy index the “Laziest Place In South Dakota”. And, at the end of the day, Huron slacked off its way to the top.

Read the detailed chart below to learn a bit more about why each place ranked where it did.

1. Huron

Huron - Laziest South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,982College Educated: 20.8%
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%

2. Yankton

Yankton - Laziest South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,513College Educated: 28.3%
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%

3. Mitchell

Mitchell - Laziest South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,490College Educated: 26.9%
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%

4. Sturgis

Sturgis - Laziest South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,652College Educated: 17.4%
Unemployment Rate: 2.3%

5. Aberdeen

Aberdeen - Laziest South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 26,979College Educated: 26.5%
Unemployment Rate: 3.0%

6. Watertown

Watertown - Laziest South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 21,795College Educated: 20.6%
Unemployment Rate: 3.5%

7. Madison

Madison - Laziest South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,830College Educated: 27.1%
Unemployment Rate: 5.0%

8. Rapid City

Rapid City - Laziest South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 70,126College Educated: 29.2%
Unemployment Rate: 5.9%

9. Vermillion

Vermillion - Laziest South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,697College Educated: 48.2%
Unemployment Rate: 9.7%

10. Belle Fourche

Belle Fourche - Laziest South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,677College Educated: 15.3%
Unemployment Rate: 2.9%

Slacking Your Way Off To The Bottom

Like we said earlier, trying to determine the laziest places in South Dakota is usually a subjective matter. But if you’re analyzing cities where people don’t work, where a good education is rare, and no one’s willing to put in the long hours, then this is an accurate list of laziness.

Detailed List Of The Laziest Places In South Dakota

City Rank Population College Educated Unemployment Rate
Huron 1 12,982 20.8% 3.1%
Yankton 2 14,513 28.3% 3.7%
Mitchell 3 15,490 26.9% 3.7%
Sturgis 4 6,652 17.4% 2.3%
Aberdeen 5 26,979 26.5% 3.0%
Watertown 6 21,795 20.6% 3.5%
Madison 7 6,830 27.1% 5.0%
Rapid City 8 70,126 29.2% 5.9%
Vermillion 9 10,697 48.2% 9.7%
Belle Fourche 10 5,677 15.3% 2.9%
Box Elder 11 8,683 17.5% 4.8%
Brookings 12 22,645 48.5% 4.1%
Spearfish 13 10,836 31.5% 4.5%
Pierre 14 13,885 33.2% 2.3%
Sioux Falls 15 160,964 32.5% 4.6%
Brandon 16 9,350 31.6% 3.9%
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